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5 Foods to Improve Skin, Hair, and Nail Health

Anthony Gucciardi
May 31st, 2012
Updated 11/02/2012 at 6:16 pm
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Eating healthfully can improve looks even more so than makeup and cosmetic surgery. Instead of spending thousands on designer makeup or invasive surgeries, try this free method of incorporating a handful of rejuvenating foods into your diet. Nail health and skin health are vital not only for looking and feeling healthy, but can also indicate quality of overall health. For shinier hair and stronger nails, try utilizing these 5 foods to improve skin, hair, and nail health.


Make sure it is fresh, wild, and certainly not farm raised. Salmon is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, and is also very high in nail-strengthening protein. B-12 and iron are also found in salmon, which further aid in the development of a glossier shine.

“Essential omega-3 fatty acids are needed to support scalp health,” says Andrea Giancoli, MPH, RD, a dietitian in Los Angeles and a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. “A deficiency can result in a dry scalp and thus hair, giving it a dull look.”


Legumes such as kidney beans and lentils are full of biotin, iron, zinc, and protein. If you suffer from brittle hair, beans may be the answer. Brittle hair is a symptom of biotin deficiency, which can be remedied by consuming beans and other biotin-rich foods such as peanuts and raw egg yolks. Even without a biotin deficiency, consuming biotin has been shown to enhance nail health by strengthening the nail tissue and preventing nail breakage. Biotin also leads to faster growing healthy hair.


Nuts may be the largest nutritional catalyst towards shiny hair. Brazil nuts are one of the best sources of selenium, a mineral responsible for improving overall scalp health. Throw in some walnuts, which contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may improve the overall condition of your newly-shined hair.


Carrots pack a lot of vitamin A, which not only leads to healthy scalp but improved vision as well. Including carrots as a salad topping, or juicing them whole can be a great way to aid in the fight against dry scalp — and subsequent dry hair.


In addition to being a great addition to any fruit smoothie, bananas also bring the mineral silica to the table. Silica may improve the thickness of your hair, leading to hair that is both stronger and more durable.

About Anthony Gucciardi:
1.thumbnail 5 Foods to Improve Skin, Hair, and Nail HealthGoogle Plus ProfileAnthony is the Editor of NaturalSociety whose work has been read by millions worldwide and is routinely featured on major alternative and mainstream news website alike, including the powerful Drudge Report, NaturalNews, Daily Mail, and many others. Anthony has appeared on programs like Russia Today (RT), Savage Nation, The Alex Jones Show, Coast to Coast AM, and many others. Anthony is also dedicated to aiding various non-profit organizations focused around health and rehabilitation as well as the creator of the independent political website Storyleak

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